James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by
The helmsman of the lead SPECTRE powerboat pursuing Bond is Peter Twiss OBE DSC who, in 1956, flew the Fairey Delta 2 aircraft to a new world air speed record of 1,132 mph. At the time of the shooting of the film he was working for Fairey Marine at Hamble, Hampshire, the manufacturer of the powerboats used. Mr. Twiss details his role in the film in his autobiography "Faster then the Sun". He describes a misunderstanding between Sean Connery and Terence Young regarding timing during the fuel explosion sequence which resulted in a re-shoot after 2 days delay. See more »
When Bond and Tatiana are on the water being chased by the three Spectre boats, the middle boat, which is directly behind Bond's boat, has a man on the bow firing an automatic weapon at Bond's boat. But when the bullet holes appear in the drums, most are on the ends of the barrels, on the left side, and a few are in line with the direction of fire. The only way for this to happen is for someone to be shooting from the left of Bond's boat as well as from the rear, yet only one person is firing and he's firing from the rear. See more »
[after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond]
Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Monty Norman's name is misspelled Monte Norman in the credits. See more »
Bond number 2: mad helicopters, train fist-fights and romance
International criminal organization SPECTER starts a skirmish between British and Russian secret agents to capture/protect a precious decoding device, planing to play one side against the other and get hold of the device itself.
Bond's second screen outing perfected the formula's ingredients while being the most realistic and grounded of his adventures. "From Russia with Love" isn't only vintage Bond for introducing key components such as Desmond Lwelyn's Q, SPECTER mastermind Bloffield (cult phenomenon and the model for Austin Powers' Dr Evil and Insepctor Gadget's Dr Claw), while perfecting the Bond character (played to a tee by Connery). It is a cracking cold war thriller in its own right when most Bond films classify as action/adventure films.
The lean and mean aspect serves the film well in its numerous set-pieces, from the Hitchcockian helicopter chase to the famous train fist-fight. Very helpful are Daniela Bianchi as a touching woman finding herself way out of her depth and Robert Shaw as the ruthless assassin Red Grant.
"From Russia with Love" is up there with the very best of Bond in that it keeps growing on you with repeated viewings. Another home run for agent 007!
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